A new official trailer has arrived for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the supernatural adventure that’s had its release date pushed back various times after originally being set for an opening in July 2020.
The film serves as a follow-up to 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II (seems like we’re ignoring the Melissa McCarthy’s Ghostbusters from 2016) and follows a single mum, Callie (played by Carrie Coon), and her two kids (Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace) as they discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. Callie, you see, is the daughter of the late Dr. Egon Spengler, who was played by the late Harold Ramis in the first two films. Paul Rudd plays local teacher Mr. Grooberson.
It’s going to be interesting to see whether this one wins Ghostbusters fans over. Prior to the gender-swapped 2016 entry, a third Ghostbusters was stuck in development hell for years. After going through numerous hands, it finally got underway with – interestingly – Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno), son of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman. Jason Reitman directs and co-wrote the screenplay with Gil Kenan, the latter with his first produced screenplay after having directed Monster House, City of Ember and 2015’s Poltergeist.
It’s a fun trailer, showcasing plenty of nods for fans and a nice balance of nostalgia and creepiness. Plus, further tease as to the faces that will return. We know that Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts will be back – and the latter pops up in the trailer.
Fingers crossed all goes well here. Pending lockdowns (ugh), Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be in US cinemas on November 11th and in Australian cinemas on December 2nd.